New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed the 1-crore mark with 25,153 new infections. The death toll, on the other hand, reached 1,45,136 after 347 people lost their lives in the past 24 hours. There are 3,08,751 active cases in the country which constitute 3.08 per cent of the total caseload. The total number of recoveries surged to 95.50 lakh, the health ministry data showed. Also Read - 10,064 Cases, 137 Deaths: India Records Lowest COVID-19 Infections Since June | Key Points
The country’s COVID-19 case tally had surpassed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, and surpassed 90 lakh on November 20. Also Read - With 161 Fresh Cases, Delhi Records Lowest COVID Infections in Over 8 Months
The chasm between active cases and recoveries is continuously widening. India’s present COVID-19 active caseload consists of just 3.14 per cent of the total infections while the total recovered cases are more than 30 times the number of positive cases.
Five States –Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala — account for almost 52 per cent (51.76%) of the total recovered cases in the country.
Ten states and UTs account for 75.15 per cent of new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (65).West Bengal and Delhi follow with 44 and 35 daily deaths, respectively. Daily deaths in India are on a sustained decline. Less than 500 daily deaths have been registered in the last 13 days.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative 16,00,90,514 coronavirus samples have been tested up to 19th December, 11,71,868 of them on Friday.
The health ministry said that the government is set to launch a vaccine for COVID-19 soon. “Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary”, it stated while underlining that the vaccine introduced in India will be as effective as any vaccine developed by other countries.